Cocoa Life In India

Cadbury introduced the cocoa tree in India the 1970s. Building on Cadbury’s existing partnerships, Cocoa Life worked with 23,000 cocoa farmers in 2015. Cocoa Life also supports research at two Indian agriculture universities with a focus on improved planting materials, best agricultural practices, and environmental impact.

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A Story On Women's Empowerment In India
"I feel a sense of achievement whenever i think about how the plants we raise have been planted across many Farms in the State."

By M. Kumari, cocoa worker in the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh

The Cocoa Life program in India supplies seedlings and technical guidance to farmers. The resulting economic development builds prosperity in this region. Cocoa Life also provides support to marginalized tribal communities by introducing cocoa cultivation and training programs for women farmers. M. Kumari, a cocoa worker in the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, provides her thoughts:

I have been working for many years on the cocoa crop, particularly in the nursery. Before I started working in the cocoa nursery, I was unable to get regular employment. Life used to be very difficult. But today, the cocoa nursery provides me with continuous employment. I am very proud to be a part of the seedlings production program. I feel a sense of achievement whenever I think about how the plants we raise have been planted across many farms in the state. This program has also created excellent employment opportunities for other women workers. In fact, I like to consider this a “woman-friendly crop,” as most cocoa-farming operations can be performed by women. As cocoa provides regular employment in the nurseries and farms for women workers, this crop has ensured a steady flow of income, which has benefitted our families immensely. I have high hopes and dreams for my children’s futures because of this crop and the support of Cocoa Life.

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